GALION — It’s been a bad week for planned summer activities in Galion and across Ohio.
Lots of concerts and fairs and festivals were cancelled.
Monday’s Memorial Day events in Galion have been cancelled. That means no meals to honor veterans, no parades and no program at Fairview Cemetery.
The Pickle Run Festival in July has been cancelled, although the city still plans to have a fireworks show July 4.
This message appeared on the Pickle Run Festival Facebook page: “The Pickle Run planning committee is sad to announce that this year’s festival is postponed until 2021. After numerous discussions with vendors, businesses and the local health department, it was recommended that we not hold this year’s event due to Covid-19. We hope that everyone stays safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Pickle Run Festival on July 2 and July 3, 2021.”
The Galion Graders also announced on its Facebook that it was not going to field a team this summer “In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting government regulations, the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League Board of Directors has voted to cancel the 2020 season. The directors determined it would be impossible to operate effectively while insuring the safety of all involved. The GLSCL would like to thank our dedicated directors, officers, volunteers and sponsors for their loyalty and support. We look forward to bringing you the best summer collegiate baseball in the Midwest in 2021.”
The Ohio State Fair announced Thursday it also has been shut down for the 2020 summer.
Crawford County’s latest victim of the coronavirus is Season 12 of Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel’s Music-in-the-Park series. It was announced Thursday that the annual community musical festival on Tuesday evenings in June in Heise Park has been canceled.
The series’ first scheduled performers were the Galion High School Jazz Band. Seating the instrumentalists together as a band creates too great of a health concern to allow the concert to proceed.
The series included a free picnic which has attracted hundreds of folks for a good old-fashioned evening of music and an Americana menu of hot dogs, fresh lemon shakes and cookies. The Richardson Davis Chapel Funeral Home directors said they just cannot risk having so many people clustered together, for everyone’s well-being.
“We really struggled with this decision” said funeral director Chuck Jackson. “We delayed the decision to cancel Music in the Park as long as we could in hopes that we’d get some relief from this pandemic. It’s a decision we are reluctant to make, because we know how much this concert series means to the Galion community. It really is a lot of fun.
“But we just could not bear the thought of sponsoring an event that would place anyone in our community at risk of exposure to this virus.”
The Concert series was to run every Tuesday from June 2 through June 30. Though an outdoor event at the band shell in Heise Park, there would be no way to social distance the band members, and many concerts attract such a large audience, the funeral home staff was concerned about distancing for the spectators.
The Music in the Park concert series is free of charge, and sponsored by Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel. The concerts encourage community spirit and networking with neighbors and friends, all of which are community values shared by the directors and staff of the funeral home.
The Music in the Park concert series sponsored by Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Music in the Park will return next summer.
Pickle Run Festival organizers this week announced that this year’s festival will not go on due to health concerns having to do with the COVID-19 Pandemic.